January 16, 2019

Kool

Dapper ‘n’ Dignified- here’s a chap looking quite at home leaning over the ace bars of his cafe’d Triumph. Good looking beard and shaped ‘tasche; which, along with the waistcoat, darkened goggles and slick half helmet, look perfect for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride that this fella was heading to.

Rider is Nigel Peacock

January 15, 2019

Global Lap

RTW – global traveling- it’s always the goal of the adventure seeking wanderer to go towards the horizon and keep going. Through the lands beyond it, they eventually return to the start with tales to tell and experiences of the planet. This Round The World trip is one such dream carried out by 60 year old Aditya Kapoor who rode his Triumph Bonneville 35000km from India, through Russia, Europe, the US, Indonesia and Malaysia.

January 14, 2019

Learn to Fly

Fifty Foo Fighter – Drummer and front man Dave Grohl celebrates his fiftieth birthday today. As well as heavy garage rock he’s also an ardent biker. His compositions are perfect music for a road trip. Highway soundtrack.

Tom Rowland Photography

January 13, 2019

Small -Far Away

Scaled Down – another model bike for my select collection. This one is an eighteenth scale Tiger 800.

it has a decent level of detail for the XR version of the multipurpose Triumph.

January 11, 2019

T-Shirt temptations

Tee Triumph – once relegated to undergarment duty the ubiquitous t-shirt has become the mainstay of casual clothing. Whether the plain white tee as worn by US sailors in WW2 or the black concert tee adorning teens at their bands live show. Me? I’m fond of a soft cotton ‘shirt emblazoned with my favorite motorcycle marque. There are more and more out there every year. Vintage graphics work the best.

January 10, 2019

Vignette

Miniature Portrait- Before the advent of photography people would have a small painting of their loved one prepared and mounted in a suitable pendant. Here is someone’s rendition of a Triumph Trident T160.

January 9, 2019

Fettled & Fast

Pops – The post-war period in Japan saw a push in engine tuning to wring out any available additional horsepower to not just be faster but the fastest. This would eventually lead to the superbikes of the seventies and eighties and the current flock of hyper sports.

Leading this evolution of power and speed was Hideo ‘Pops’ Yoshimuro (1922-1995). After maintaining aircraft for the Japanese Empire during WW2 he redirected his masterful talents to the British bikes being brought to the land of the rising sun by American servicemen. This photo shows our man astride a fettled BSA preunit drag bike readying for a speed run.

Later he shifted his works and racing team to California where big reliable Japanese superbikes like the Kawasaki KZ and Suzuki GS’s went on to dominate the burgeoning AMA road racing circuit.

January 8, 2019

Pride

All Smiles πŸ™‚ Old Triumphs with enthusiastic owners ready for racin’ & ridin’. The sun is shining and the outlook is rosy.

January 7, 2019

Whittled

Woodworking Wonder – Russian Carpenter Yuri Hvtisishvili has created a marvelous full size replica of a Soviet era IZH 49 out of pine & beech. With superlative expertise in sawing, planing, routing, augering, chiseling and sanding; it’s a wonderful expression in wood.

January 6, 2019

Do or Do Not… there is no Try

Resolute – It is typical of the New Year for us to put on the mask of Janus and look back at what we achieved (or not) the previous year and thus look forward to the coming twelve months and make a determination of what we want to achieve. Usually in an effort to better ourselves; and, in a way, make this time we have count. Me? I’m not a big one for ‘resolutions’ but it’s fun to think of things that you would like to try and do. A list you ask? Well, here goes:

  1. Write/Illustrate a children’s book.
  2. Ride the Triumph Tiger more.
  3. Sketch more.
  4. Ride the Lake Michigan loop.
  5. Fettle the Bonneville for occasional vintage runs.
  6. Get the Cub out onto some off-road shenanigans.
  • There… all fairly straight forwards and all that can be incorporated into this blog…
  • January 5, 2019

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    January 5, 2019

    Branded

    GB Logo for page header- draft example of a look similar to the Triumph Tiger logo yesterday.

    January 4, 2019

    Branding

    Logo – looking for inspiration for an update to the blog page header… watch this space!

    January 4, 2019

    Chasin’ the Rippers

    ‘Ard as Nails – superb ink drawing of Tank Girl on a heavy booted Norton from the capable illustrator hand of Jamie Hewlett.

    January 2, 2019

    R1-D1

    I, Robot – in 2017 Yamaha displayed their autonomous riding motorcycle being hurled around a racetrack at speed. Today is the 99th birthday of science writer Isaac Asimov who created the three rules of robotics:

    1. First Law β€“ A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. Second Law β€“ A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. Third Law β€“ A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.